Prepared Foods showcases new dressings, sauces and spreads debuting in October 2019.


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This summer saw Stonewall Kitchen, York, Maine, introduce as many as 27 new offerings including sauces, dressings and spreads.

“We started the year with a momentous launch in January, as we wanted to showcase the growth of Stonewall Kitchen and our family of brands,” said Director of Marketing Janine Somers. “The July launch is just as notable. After acquiring Napa Valley Naturals and Montebello, we’re introducing new additions to each brand. We’re continuing to expand Napa Valley Naturals with an Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, which contains living nutrients known as the ‘mother,’ and by introducing three new pastas under the Montebello name: Tricolor Fusilli, Maccheroni and Spinach Fettucine. We’ve seen great success with our co-branded, Legal Sea Foods line and are excited to expand the offering further with these new outstanding restaurant-quality products.”

New Legal Sea Foods products include Malt Vinegar, Seafood Remoulade Sauce and a Lemon Teriyaki Sauce. Other new products have included a New England Cranberry Grape Jelly and two new dressings—a Bacon Vinaigrette, Cilantro Lime & Avocado Oil.

Also included was a new Apple Blueberry Salsa, a Sriracha Horseradish Cream Sauce and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup (organic).


Global Flavors

Sky Valley, Sandpoint, Idaho, launched an entirely new line of Sky Valley International Sauces exclusively at Whole Foods Market locations nationwide.

The line of 12 premium sauces is non-GMO, certified gluten-free and certified vegan with no artificial ingredients. They carry a suggested retail price starting at $4.99.

“We are thrilled to make authentic flavors from around the world accessible to the everyday home cook with our new line of premium International Sauces,” said Rachel Kruse, founder and current director of sales in the Natural Channel. “We partnered with Whole Foods Market to develop unique sauces that deliver adventurous and bold global flavors, from an Aji Rocoto Sauce made from Peruvian peppers to the first organic, vegan and Whole30 Approved Sambal Oelek Paste.”

Feeding growing consumer appetite for products that meet multiple dietary preferences, without sacrificing great taste, five of the new global-inspired sauces are Whole30 Approved and two are USDA Certified Organic.

Here are Whole30 Approved flavors offer delicious International Sauces with no added sugar: an Organic Sambal Oelek Paste, Organic Red Sofrito Sauce, Aji Rocoto Hot Sauce, Hot Sauce with Arbol Peppers, and a Salsa Verde Sauce.

Additionally, seven other Sky Valley International Sauces debuted as part of this launch: Aji Amarillo Sauce, Organic Fajita Sauce, Red Enchilada Sauce, Green Enchilada Sauce, Mole Sauce, Organic Hoisin Sauce and a Taco Sauce.

Sky Valley is part of the Litehouse Inc. family of brands.


Big Flavor, Fewer Calories

Ventura Foods LLC, Brea, Calif., introduced Marie’s Market Reserve, a line of five new refrigerated dressings, each with 60 or fewer calories per serving.

Varieties include Wildflower Honey & Lime Vinaigrette, Meyer Lemon Basil, Smoked Black Pepper Caesar, Carmelized Onion & Sesame Seed, and Southwest Style Ranch. Each is made with real premium ingredients and no artificial preservatives, the company says.

“Already, Marie’s has strong household penetration in the refrigerated dressing category,” notes Revay Wilson, Ventura Foods director of marketing. “With our new Market Reserve portfolio, Marie’s is helping retailers further capitalize on the trend toward more sophisticated flavor combinations that feature simple, premium, plant-based ingredients.”

Two varieties—Meyer Lemon Basil and Carmelized Onion & Sesame Seed—are identified as vegan.

Carmelized Onion & Sesame Seed ingredients include Soy Puree (Soy Milk [Water, Soybean], Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride [Firming Agents]), Brown Sugar, Rice Vinegar, Sauteed Onion (Red Onion, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Citric Acid), Soybean Oil, Water, Salt, Sesame Oil, Contains Less Than 2% of Xanthan Gum, Soybean, Spices, Sugar.

Other Ventura retail brands include Dean’s dips and Gold ‘n Soft spreadable butters. Ventura also offers a wide range of foodservice dressings, sauces, bases, mayonnaises and margarines and spreads.


Fermented Honey Sauce

This July saw Anya’s Apothekere LLC, St. Louis, introduce a line of fermented honey sauces. The line was featured by the New York Times and includes three flavors: Organic Jalapeño, Organic Garlic, and Organic Onion.

The fermented honey sauces are available at select retailers across the nation, including all Fresh Market locations and online through UncommonGoods, Faire, and the Anya’s Apothekere website directly. The sauces can be used in a variety of cooking bases, including sautéing, simmering, smothering, glazing, marinating. They also may serve as a finishing sauce, as well as a soup base or even as a dressing or dipping sauce.

“They’re sure to become your new secret weapon in the kitchen,” says Founder and CEO Anya Corson. “Incorporating fermented foods into your diet helps your body digest, absorb and get better use of the nutrients you’re eating through the development of live cultures, or good bacteria, which provide endless digestive health benefits.”

The company’s gourmet fermented honey sauces are kosher, organic, naturally free of gluten, fat, and sodium, and are all made with certified-organic ingredients. They are available in 9-ounce jars, each made with three ingredients, and are available for $11.99.


Plant Powered

Reunion Foods Inc., Toronto, says it is growing distribution throughout North America with an expanded, 19-item line of Mother Raw plant-based refrigerated dressings and marinades, dips, condiments and quesos.

To meet the demand for healthy eating on the go, the company also recently launched single-serve Mother Raw To-Go-Packs of its popular dressing varieties. Officials say more innovation is coming “to appeal to evolving consumer tastes and demands with the growing interest in plant-based eating.”

“Our Mother Raw products appeal to ingredient-conscious food lovers who are seeking out convenient ways to add flavor and variety to their plant-based meals and snacks, but are avoiding ingredients like refined sugars and oils, gluten and other allergens,” says Kristi Knowles, Reunion Foods CEO. “Fans of Mother Raw are informed label readers and they expect ingredients that are familiar, good for them and carefully sourced. Our consumers are increasingly turning to homemade recipes as they are aware that most store-bought dressings, dips and condiments are highly processed.”

Knowles says all Mother Raw products are organic, vegan, free of common allergens, suitable for many dietary lifestyles and contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives or refined sugar. She adds the Mother Raw products always are cold-blended and kept cold from company’s kitchen to the refrigerated produce section.